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More than 250 state teachers test positive for covid-19

Chetumal, Q.R. — In the span of six days, 253 teachers from around the state have tested positive for covid-19. Fermín Pérez Hernández, general secretary of section 25 of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) confirmed the figures.

He said that from January 4 to 8, 150 tested positive, the highest numbers since the start of the pandemic. Over the last two days, another 103 have tested positive for the viral disease.

Hernández said it is a situation that they were hoping to avoid.

Due to the increase in figures, teachers have been asked to restart their online classes, offering them virtually, however, the final decision will be made by Ana Isabel Vázquez Jiménez, the Secretary of Education.

The state had postponed the start of face-to-face classes until January 14, in hopes of utilizing the investments made in rehabilitating more than 750 of the state’s schools so students could return to class.

Hernández pointed out that on December 30, they were informed that classes would be taught virtually until January 14, when teachers and staff would return to the classroom, “only to get infected,” he said.

A meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, when the union will meet with the Secretary of Health, Education and other unions regarding the return to the classroom. Hernández says “education is not suspended, but the format has changed.”